Stevie and I have never been the greatest when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Somehow, they always sort of seem to sneak up on us, and by the time we find a free moment when we could decorate, we think it’s kind of pointless because we’ll only be putting the decorations up just to take them all down again.

It’s a vicious cycle.

But every now and then, I get a hankering to get into the spirit of things and I manage to drag Stevie along for the ride.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I’ve always loved ghosts and monsters and scary movies. As a kid, some of my favorite memories are visiting haunted houses and trick-or-treating with my friends in Bird City (a town so small you could actually trick-or-treat every house in town and manage to eat your way into a full-fledged candy coma before bedtime). Now that I have kids, it’s been fun getting all excited about Halloween again. And now that we moved to a neighborhood where a lot of other folks are decorating and a lot of families go out trick-or-treating, I was feeling the urge to get motivated and do something creative this year.

It took a little convincing to get Stevie on board. He wasn’t getting inspired at all by any of my fun Pinterest finds…that is until I tossed out the idea of creating some sort of UFO crash in our front yard.

I can always count on aliens to get Stevie interested.

So, we planned and plotted and decided to give it a try. We built the UFO out of a garbage can, pvc pipe, wire, and some paper drop cloths that we spray painted silver. It took some trial and error, but I think it turned out pretty well for our first try. We had a half-dead tree in the yard that we were planing to cut down anyway, so Stevie thought it might be cool to make it look like the ship had crashed right through it.

The end result wasn’t perfect, but it gave us some good practice. And yeah, we’re already plotting the scene for next year. I’m pretty sure our neighbors think we’re a little crazy, but hey, when has that ever stopped us.

Stay tuned.

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